Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Series Arrive in Kenya, Start at KES 20,000

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Xiaomi Kenya has revealed the Redmi Note 11 series of phones. The devices were announced sometime in January, and Kenyans can now buy the smartphones.

The Note lineup is not new here: locals already loved the excellently priced Note 10 from 2021, bearing in mind it packed a ton of features more than the competition was offering.

To continue on the same spirit, the Note 11 promise even better performance, screen tech and camera output, not to mention exceptional battery life.


Hitting local shelves will be the Redmi Note 11 Pro, Redmi Note 11S and the Redmi Note 11.

What are the differences between these Notes 11s? Well, here is a quick summary of their specs:

SpecsNote 11 ProNote 11SNote 11
Screen 120Hz
6.67” FHD+ AMOLED
90Hz
6.43” FHD+ AMOLED
90Hz
6.43” FHD+ AMOLED
Back camera108MP main camera
8MP ultra-wide camera
2MP macro camera
2MP depth camera
108MP main camera
8MP ultra-wide camera
2MP macro camera
2MP depth camera
50MP main camera
8MP ultra-wide camera
2MP macro camera
2MP depth camera
Selfie16MP in-display front camera16MP in-display front camera13MP in-display front camera
Weight 202g179g179g
Chipset MTK Helio G96MTK Helio G96Snapdragon 680
RAM/Internal Memory6GB+64GB
6GB+128GB
8GB+128GB
6GB+64GB
6GB+128GB
8GB+128GB
4GB+64GB
4GB+128GB
6GB+128GB
Memory TechnologyLPDDR4X
UFS 2.2
LPDDR4X
UFS 2.2
LPDDR4X
UFS 2.2
SoundDual speakers
3.5mm headphone jack
Dual speakers
3.5mm headphone jack
Dual speakers
3.5mm headphone jack
Security Side fingerprint sensor
AI Face Unlock
Side fingerprint sensor
AI Face Unlock
Side fingerprint sensor
AI Face Unlock
Battery and Charging5,000mAh (typ) battery
Supports 67W wired turbo charging
5,000mAh (typ) battery
Supports 33W wired Pro fast charging
5,000mAh (typ) battery
Supports 33W wired Pro fast charging
Connections SIM 1 + Hybrid (SIM or MicroSD)
NFC
IR blaster
Dual SIM + MicroSD
NFC**
IR blaster
Dual SIM + MicroSD
NFC**
IR blaster
Graphite Gray
Star Blue
Graphite Gray
Twilight Blue
Graphite Gray
Twilight Blue
Star Blue
Price6+64GB - KES 29,999
6+128GB - KES 33,499
8+128GB - KES 34,999
6GB+64GB: KES 22,999
6GB+128GB: KES 27,999
8GB+128GB: KES 29,999
4GB+64GB: KES 19,999
4GB+128GB: KES 22,499
6GB+128GB: KES 23,999

Based on the specs, a few things can be noted (sorry). Only the Note 11 Pro has a 120 Hz screen: the rest refresh at 90 Hz.

All have quad cameras – but the Pro’s main sensor is a 108 MP one: the rest have a 50 MP main snapper. The rest of the camera system is the same.

The Pro and 11S share the same 16 MP selfie snapper, whereas the Note 11 has a 13 MP one.

The Note 11 Pro and 11S are powered by an MTK chipset, the G96. The normal Note 11 carries the Snapdragon 680.

All have headphone jacks and dual speakers.

All have a side-mounter fingerprint sensor, and based on past ones, these readers are very fast, and better than those embedded inside the screen.

All have 5000 mAh cells, but the Pro’s charges faster at 67W, while the rest juice up at 33W.

All have dual-sim slots. All can accommodate a microSD card, although you will have to forgo your second SIM slot for the card on the Pro.

In terms of RAM, the Note 11 Pro and 11S have two options: 6 and 8 GB. The vanilla Note has two too at 4 and 6GB.

The cheapest of the series is the Note 11 4/64GB option that sells for KES 20,000.

The 8/128 GB variant of the Note 11 Pro costs KES 35,000, which makes it the most expensive of the bunch.


All the variants of Redmi Note 11S and Redmi Note 11 will be available in the market immediately but Redmi Note 11 Pro variants will be available from early March.

 Are you buying one?


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